There is no denying that the Olympics has inspired the public and I can guarantee that most of us are signing up to spinning classes, buying professional running trainers and hitting the pool like there is no tomorrow but will this positive attitude towards exercise last or will it last five minutes like most other trends?
In a recent survey carried out by LighterLife it was revealed that the average Brit piled on 4.2 lbs in the two weeks of Games. The research highlighted that people living in London consumed nearly 700 calories more each day, as they treated themselves to a few glasses of wine and extra snacks on top of their regular meals whilst lounging on their sofa’s watching the Games.
Former UK single handed offshore sailor, adventurer, broadcaster (for the live sailing events at the Olympics) and fitness fanatic Hannah White says that we need to take on less in order to maintain a positive and long lasting attitude towards exercise.
Hannah shares her top fitness tips with us:
- Plan your exercise routine. Put it in your diary like you would a work meeting as you are more likely to stick to that time and discipline.
- Set realistic manageable goals, if they are unrealistic you will feel disheartened when you don't achieve them and if it is too easy and you will get lazy
- Workout with other people – there is nothing like a bit of peer pressure to spur you on – group exercise like spinning is GREAT!
- Don’t feel that a workout has to be 90 mins of hard graft you can burn 50-100 calories in 10 minutes here and there.
- Drink loads of water. Always drink before you eat – it fills you up and if you are dehydrated slows down your metabolism.
- Eat slower, Eat less. Eating 500 calories less a day means you will drop at least a pound a week without exercising.
- Write everything you eat down. You will be totally amazed how many extra things you pop in your mouth without even thinking about it.
- Go and buy some nice workout gear that you feel good in. If you feel good you will be more inclined to exercise!!
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